Product Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

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BY JOHN LAWTON
The Panasonic DMC-FH25 is latest release to the popular Panasonic FH camera line. Panasonic FH series cameras place an emphasis on sleek and compact dimensions while also featuring quick performance and better-than-average zoom capabilities.
The 3.9-by-2.2-by-1.1 inch DMCFH25 has a 16.1 megapixel CCD sensor behind a Leica 8X optical zoom lens. The effective zoom range is 28mm-224mm, which in a camera this small is rather impressive.
The lens is also image-stabilized to give you sharp photos when hand holding the camera, even at long shutter speeds.
The auto-focus system has been improved and now has 11 focus points that can be individually selected by the user. The rear of the camera features a 2.7-inch LCD screen to aid in image composition and review.
The most notable upgrade is that the DMC-FH25 now is equipped with the Venus Engine VI processor. This is the same image processor that is found on the higher-end ZS5 and ZS7 super zoom cameras. The new processor reduces shutter lag, helps reduce digital noise when shooting at high ISOs, increases auto-focus speed, and allows the user to shoot full resolution images at 1.5 frames per second. The ISO sensitivity ranges from 100-1600 ISO.
In addition to capturing still images, the DMC-FH25 is also capable of shooting 720p HD video at 24 frames per second with sound. The DMC-FH25 is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack and stores images to an SD memory card or its 70MB of internal memory.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 is currently selling for $159.99 and includes the camera, battery pack, charger, AV cable, USB cable, wrist strap, software CD-ROM and one-year Panasonic manufacture warranty.♦
— If you have any questions about this Panasonic Lumix camera or any other photo-related topic, please contact Jon Lawton at jlawton@wbhunt.com.
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